The Weinstein Co. has opted to hand down distribution duties for Outlander to Third Rail Releasing, an appendage of the company known for limited theatrical runs (see: Rogue, Eden Lake).
That being said, Third Rail has locked a release date of January 23rd. Company reps have not informed us how many theaters Howard McCain’s long-delayed period creature feature will debut in. A DVD release is likely to follow in the subsequent months through Genius Products.
Already last Friday the same Outlander fansite let us know that the film will be released in Canada by the theater chain Cineplex – also on January 23.
This is indeed good news in that the film will get a theatrical release in North America and will allow more people to experience it the way it was meant to be. On the other hand it is well known that Third Rail Releasing is The Weinstein Company’s distribution arm where they send all the movies they don’t care about. Also I don’t know how much potential there is for “Outlander” to do surprisingly good at the box office and prove the Weinstein’s wrong – seeing as Inkheart and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans will be released on the same day.
Check out the official website where a trailer is announced to come soon. Maybe a new version?